In God's Grip

In God's Grip

Carl Dambman


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“Olympian Carl and the Athletes in Action wrestling team helped change the world through competitive events and the Gospel!”
Josh D. McDowell, Author

In God’s Grip is the thrilling account of a quiet, gentle giant who, like Jacob, wrestled with God. And they both won.
George Toles, Former NBA Stadium Announcer.

In God’s Grip shares the true story of Christian wrestlers bringing the Good News into countries behind the Iron Curtain.”
Tony Dungy, Super Bowl-winning NFL head coach

In 1979, four U.S. wrestlers stood with their families in the dark shadows of the Iron Curtain, lifting their eyes to the east and seeing a vast field of harvest. In God’s Grip presents the story of how God led this group of Christian athletes, committed to the mission fields in once-forbidden lands, and how the sports ministries they helped to pioneer grew into a global network. You will also read of Carl’s personal growth, as he shares his struggles in this riveting account of a new movement in church history—the use of sports for full-time mission work on a worldwide scale.


Carl Dambman:
Carl Dambman is a former heavyweight wrestler, Olympic Chaplain, and lifetime missionary. After more than thirty years overseas, Carl and his wife Noreen now live near Seattle, Washington.